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That is the question! It’s time to decide whether to add a content management system (CMS) to your website, so what are the key factors you need to consider? And when you decide that you do need one, which type will be right for you? There are a multitude to choose from and all aim to help you create and manage your web content – your text, graphics, photos, video, audio and program code – to ensure your web pages look amazing.

How a CMS works

Generally speaking, most CMSs have two essential parts – a content management application, which is the user interface, and a content delivery application, which uploads the content onto your website. The advantage of using one is that it means you and your team can change and update your website without needing to know how to code, and it makes it easier for you to create a consistent look across all your pages.

Factors affecting your decision

There are a number of issues to think about. Firstly, by installing a CMS to manage your content, you’ll be creating boundaries, in that you can only structure your content in the way the CMS will allow you to. This may work for you – it will ensure that everything is consistent – but it may hamper your creativity at some future date. Then you need to think about how often you update content. If you produce weekly blog posts and update product pages frequently, having a CMS will make uploading them quick and easy. However, if your site is relatively static, you might not really need a CMS.

The budget will be another factor in your decision whether to have a CMS or not. The upfront costs of integrating it with your site can be substantial. There may also be ongoing costs for maintenance or rescaling the system.

Which type of CMS is right for you?

There are quite literally hundreds of CMSs to choose between, but here are some of the more popular types:

  • headless – a headless CMS refers to any CMS that is a back-end only CMS, built from the ground up as a content repository. It makes content accessible using a RESTful API, so the content can be displayed on any type of device.
  • MODX – this is an open source CMS and web application framework that will allow you to upload content onto your site. It’s licensed under the GPL and is uses PHP programming language. It claims to be the world’s fastest, most customizable open source CMS, providing a secure, maintained and scalable cloud hosting platform.
  • flat file – most CMSs are database powered, but not flat file CMSs. Instead, they store content in files, which makes the installation and deployment of the system much easier, as you don’t need to set up a database. It scales well, is secure, demands fewer resources and is easy to migrate from host to host.
  • WordPress – it’s probably the most popular, due to its ease of installation, the fact that it's free and the availability of a vast range of plugins. However, it’s also not the fastest or the most efficient CMS on the market and it can be vulnerable to security hacks.

For expert advice on whether or not you should consider a CMS, and which one to choose, talk to Inside Creative. We’ll help you work out what you need and can get the system up and running for you.

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